Bob Simon of CBS News dead at 73 in New York City car crash

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 11, 2015 9:50 PM

(Reuters) - Veteran CBS News correspondent Bob Simon, a longtime member of the network's "60 Minutes" on-air team, was killed in a car accident on Wednesday night in New York City, CBS said. He was 73.

The network had no further immediate details on the award-winning journalist's death.

The New York Daily News reported that Simon was a passenger in a taxi or car for hire that slammed into the back of another vehicle and struck a metal barrier on Manhattan's West Side.

New York police said their officers responded to such an accident but declined to confirm the identity of the victim until next of kin were notified.

Simon's career spanned five decades, from covering the Vietnam War to a piece on "60 Minutes" last weekend about the Oscar-nominated civil rights drama "Selma."

Tall, lanky and possessed of an erudite demeanor on camera, Simon has covered most major overseas conflicts from the 1960s to the present and has been a regular contributor to the weekly "60 Minutes" news magazine on CBS since 1996.

The 2014-15 season was his 19th on the weekly Sunday night broadcast. He also was a correspondent on all seven seasons of "60 Minutes II" until that show ended its run in 2005.

He earned 27 Emmy awards for his reporting during his career, and won electronic journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, for the piece "Shame of Srebrencia," a "60 Minutes II" report on genocide during the Bosnian War.

(Reporting by Steve Gorman from Los Angeles; Additional reporting by Karen Brooks in Austin, Texas.; Editing by Peter Cooney and Ken Wills)